It’s introspective post day. I’m a bit behind on the Ultimate Blog Challenge (because I failed to take my own advice last weekend and pre-schedule my posts!). So gotta catch up on that. Not because anyone’s forcing me to — I really don’t think my co-host Michele would fly up here just to beat me with a wet noodle or anything, it’d be a long flight from Lousiana to Alaska just for that — but because I love these challenges and how much content I walk away with at the end.
If you’re a regular reader you may have noticed I’ve historically had a bit of blog ADD. When Lisbeth Tanz invited me to help mentor a group through 31 Days to Build a Better Blog I jumped at the opportunity partially because I love blog challenges and partially because I knew it would force me to buckle down and work through the book myself. (It rocks, if you don’t own it, check it out here.)
Yet two weeks into the challenge I was still stuck on Day 1. Yeah, I’ll admit it. My blog had no darn mission statement. Why does this seem like such a tough thing to tackle? It’s one of those things that thinking about makes me want to go clean out a closet or something to avoid it.
I did Days 2, 3, 5 and the next few weeks with no problem. But 1 (elevator pitch) and 4 (need to know my niche to analyze a blogger in my niche) had me flat-out stuck.
And I realized that the problem was bigger than my blog. I found it challenging because I hadn’t figured out exactly what I wanted to do. What I was meant to do. I was in that “What will my business be when it grows up?” phase – or perhaps more precisely, “What do I want to do when I grow up?” I should have figured that out by 29, right? Yes, I’m 29 and for future reference next month I will be celebrating my 29th birthday again. ;)
While I haven’t got it all figured out yet, I’m getting there. I’m exploring the reasons that I’m stuck where I’m at. I built a business that required me to overcome personality weaknesses – and that was not a smart move. I should be leveraging my natural strengths instead of trying to shoehorn myself into a job description. I had no idea what should go into creating a business around your strengths when I was 19 and figuring out how to work from home. Just because I can do something, doesn’t mean it’s what I should be doing. So I took a hiatus from a couple of projects/services I usually provide at a time that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to do it, but I’m not sure there’s ever a perfect time for change other than right now. And jumped into another one in a totally different style than usual for me. I’m learning. And letting go of my own ideas of what I can’t do. Realizing that my own mindset holds me back. Finding what I’m meant to do is a big perspective shift but I know I’ve got to figure that out if I want a business that I love.
So why share this? Because I’ve discovered most of the “head garbage” I’m dealing with isn’t just about me. And one of the things I’m meant to do is to share my challenges and the solutions as I find them, to help others on the same path that I’m on (yes, Jeanine, I DO listen!) If nothing else, know that you aren’t alone if your mind wanders in the same directions mine does, knowing that there’s a way to run a business that helps others without landing myself back in the ER again (been there, done that, got the wrist band).
Oh and if you’re wondering, dharma (small “d”) can mean a lot of things but in this context, it means your life purpose & truth – the path you should be walking – why you’re here on earth. It’s both your duty and what sets you free.
Do you have a mission statement for your life, your business or your blog? I’d love it if you’d share in the comments of who you help or what you love doing and share your blog or website link, too!